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CNDP December 2016 Newsletter #2
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Christmas and Hanukkah
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this year, when Hanukkah begins on the very same day as Christmas, it is timely to reflect on progress in concert with both our faith and secular partners toward a “health not punishment” response to drug policy. 
 
We are grateful especially for the opportunity to work with Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). Diane Goldstein, a 21-veteran of law enforcement in California, tells how her Jewish faith has informed her life and commitment to restore justice to victims of the War on Drugs.
 
As the lights of Hanukkah and Christmas shine brightly in this Holiday season, may they inspire our commitment to justice and health in the difficult year that awaits us. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
 
A blessed holiday season to you all.

 

Rev. Alexander E. Sharp, 
Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy
A LEAP Forward

For those who seek a “health not punishment” response to drug policy in this country, there is much to be thankful for this Christmas and Hanukkah season. Yes, nationally are we more divided politically than at any other time since the 1960’s. But over the past twelve months, there has been a remarkable “coming together” as we seek to end the failed War on Drugs.

In the face of a national opioid epidemic, police chiefs, including several in the northern Chicago suburbs, are promising to help those suffering from addiction find treatment rather than arresting them.

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Twenty years ago, on the eve of my conversion to Judaism and my marriage, I addressed a letter to my Rabbi explaining why I chose to become Jewish. My Rabbi, Leon Kahane, was a holocaust survivor, a police chaplain, as well as my spiritual leader even before my conversion. In my work as a police officer I had the honor of spending countless hours with him.
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CA Clergy Speak Out Against War on Drugs (videos and partial transcript)
Take Action
Abolish Civil Asset Forfeiture 
The government should not be able to seize property from innocent people. Help end policing for profit. 

 
Roll Back Harsh Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws
Ask your legislators to cosponsor the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.
 
Sign CNDP's Religious Declaration 
Join an interfaith cooperative against the War on Drugs.
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